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Boys basketball: Guilderland bolstered by the return of Matt Cerutti

Senior forward's health issues are almost in the rear view mirror

Forward Matt Cerutti rejoins the Guilderland boys basketball team after missing the entire 2012-13 season due to hip injuries. Cerutti had both hips surgically fixed during the off-season.

Forward Matt Cerutti rejoins the Guilderland boys basketball team after missing the entire 2012-13 season due to hip injuries. Cerutti had both hips surgically fixed during the off-season. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Platek, Simeone and William Floyd add the extra dimension of having three players who can shoot the ball well from behind the three-point arc.

"Billy (Floyd), I'd say, was our best shooter last year," said Osinski. "This year, I don't know who's more consistent. Our biggest issue is figuring out who's more consistent so we don't take so many bad shots."

"All of us are pretty good at shooting the ball," said Simeone. "We just have to work on playing together more, but I think our chemistry is there."

Guilderland's chemistry will be tested out of the gate when it faces defending South Division champion Bethlehem in Friday's season opener in Delmar.

"We're close to those guys ... so it's going to be a good game, and the atmosphere is supposed to be good, too," said Simeone.

Beyond Bethlehem, Guilderland will face tough competition within the South Division from Columbia, Mohonasen and Averill Park, as well as from an improving group of teams from the North Division including Shenendehowa, Saratoga, Shaker and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

"I think it's one of the better leagues that I've seen in the last five or six years," Osinski said of the Suburban Council. "There isn't a team out there that won't have some type of improvement."

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